Talks & Events

The Beaty Biodiversity Museum encourages you to attend one of our engaging talks and special events. Most are geared to a general, all-ages audience (unless otherwise specified). We hope to spark your love of biodiversity through interesting and timely topics.

  • Biodiversity Lecture Series: In partnership with the Biodiversity Research Centre (BRC), the Museum presents an ongoing series of lectures exploring our understandings of biodiversity.
  • Guest Speakers and Special Events: Scientists and artists from different corners of the world bring their perspective on biodiversity to the Beaty Biodiversity Museum.

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All events listed below are included with museum admission or membership, unless stated otherwise.

Backyard Biodiversity

Starting May 9, 2014, explore the Beaty Museum through the lens of Backyard Biodiversity – showcasing the native, rare, and common species found in various ecosystems through British Columbia.

Pure Beauty: Science and Your Inner Artist

November 13, 2014,12:00pm - 1:00pm
Patrick Keeling, Erick James, Robert Brain, and Paul Bucci

Two UBC microbiologists — Patrick Keeling and Erick James — discuss how they translate their science into art and are joined by historian Robert Brain, and UBC Science student Paul Bucci who is passionate about art and design.

Included with museum admission or membership.

I Came to See the Beautiful Things

November 14, 2014, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Aislinn Hunter, Veda Hille & Jillian Povarchook

Join us in the museum for a lively discussion on why museums matter to the arts and artists. With a live performance by Veda Hille and a short reading from Aislinn Hunter's museum-based novel The World Before Us. Wine and cheese to follow.

Free for the public.

UBC Arboretum Walk

November 15, 2014, 10:15am - 12:15pm
Shona Ellis

Spend your saturday morning strolling around UBC's historic Arboretum - a living collection of trees for scientific study, with the Associate Head of Biology Shona Ellis.

Included with museum admission or membership.

Ask an Expert about Fossils

December 7, 2014, 11:00am - 3:00pm
Hanson Wong

Fascinated by fossils? Ask all your fossil related questions to a fellow fossil enthusiast Hanson Wong who will have some fossils for you to check out. Bring in photos of your favourite or mystery fossils.

Free for the public.

Aquatic protists are way cool because…

December 7, 2014, 1:00pm
Laura Wegener Parfrey

Join Laura Wegener Parfrey, Assistant Professor in UBC’s Departments of Botany and Zoology, to learn about the microscopic world and take a closer look at protists in pond water for yourself.

Included with museum admission or membership.

Wrasses are way cool because…

January 4, 2015, 1:00pm
Holly Kindsvater

Come learn about how wrasses and their cousins the parrotfishes use tactics like sex change, female mate choice copying, male sneaking, and cooperation among dominant males in their quest to raise young.

Included with museum admission or membership.

Friends for Sharks

February 28, 2015, 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Kathryn Hodgson & Nicholas Curzon

Join two Great White shark wildlife guides from England as they tell tales of shark encounters, awesome adventures and explain why we need to protect these majestic creatures.

By donation.

Ask an Expert about Fascinating BC Wildflowers

March 1, 2015, 11:00am - 3:00pm
Ron Long

British Columbia native plants are fascinating but identification can be frustrating for the budding naturalist. Ron Long can help with that. Bring close-up photos of wild plants that you have found and Ron will show you how to go about finding a name.

Free for the public.

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